Holmstrom, Carl Berman Adrien, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 131X, VB-13
Service Years
1935 - 1944
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Arlington, WA
Last Address
Arlington, WA

Casualty Date
Aug 05, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

As a the Executive Officer of VB-13, stationed on board USS Franklin (CV-13), LCDR Holmstrom's SB2C-3 Helldiver was shot down by anti-aircraft fire during the Battle of Chichi Jima on August 6,1944. His remains were not recovered and he was later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 081095

Exuctive Officer of VB-13 from 11/1943 until his death.

Distinguished Flying Cross
DIST FLY CROSS
Awarded for actions during World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 337 (April 1945)
Citation: Lieutenant Commander Carl B. A. Holmstrom (NSN: 0-81095), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a carrier-based Scout Bomber in the Bonin Islands on 5 August 1944.

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Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19–20, 1944) was a major naval battle of World War II that eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War. The battle was the last of five major "carrier-versus-carrier" engagements between American and Japanese naval forces, and pitted elements of the United States Navy's Fifth Fleet against ships and aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Mobile Fleet and nearby island garrisons.

The aerial part of the battle was nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by American aviators for the severely disproportional loss ratio inflicted upon Japanese aircraft by American pilots and anti-aircraft gunners. During a debriefing after the first two air battles a pilot from USS Lexington remarked "Why, hell, it was just like an old-time turkey shoot down home!" The outcome is generally attributed to American improvements in pilot and crew training and tactics, technology (including the top-secret anti-aircraft proximity fuze), and ship and aircraft design. Although at the time the battle appeared to be a missed opportunity to destroy the Japanese fleet, the Imperial Japanese Navy had lost the bulk of its carrier air strength and would never recover. During the course of the battle, American submarines torpedoed and sank two of the largest Japanese fleet carriers taking part in the battle.

This was the largest carrier-to-carrier battle in history.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Aug 5, 2018
   
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  237 Also There at This Battle:
  • Block, Charles John, CPO, (1938-1945)
  • Breaux, Calvin, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Carter, Loyd, PO3, (1941-1945)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crowell, Marshall Medford, F1c, (1943-1945)
  • Dikel, Samuel, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972)
  • Freeman, Harold, CMC, (1943-1975)
  • Fuller, Leroy, PO1, (1941-1945)
  • Greer, Howard E., VADM, (1941-1978)
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